I am bi and I am a biology PhD candidate at UMBC.//
My name is Alex and I work in Dr. Starz-Gaiano’s Drosophila lab at UMBC. My thesis work aims to determine how tissue architecture determines extracellular signaling events. My research interests are in the fields of cell migration and molecular and developmental biology.
For most of my life, both personal and professional, I felt like I had to keep my sexuality a secret. I still wasn’t even entirely out upon finishing my undergraduate degree and applying for graduate programs. I believe that if I had seen more out-and-proud scientists in the early days of my budding research career, I would have been more confident and forthcoming with myself and others. I therefore recognize the importance of representation in the sciences and am immensely honored to share this space with so many inspiring queer scientists!